Topic: medicare drug savings act
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July 30, 2013 at 11:34 AM
Support the Medicare Drug Savings Act
Today, Medicare celebrates its 48th anniversary.
I have been a recipient of Medicare for 10 years. Over the years, I’ve been able to see how much it helps me (and millions of people like me), as well as identify areas where it could and should be strengthened to become even stronger.
One way in particular is the cost of prescription drugs. It’s difficult keeping up with out-of-pocket costs, which can be as high as $100 a month. At times, I’ve had to cut my food budget or pay half of another bill just to afford the medications I need. I shouldn’t have to choose between medicine and providing the most basic needs for my family.
I am urging our U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell to support the Medicare Drug Savings Act (S. 740). This legislation would prevent pharmaceutical companies from charging Medicare higher prices for certain prescription drugs than they charge Medicaid recipients.
This is the first step toward making prescription drugs more affordable for me and the millions of people who benefit from this invaluable program.
Gina Owens, Seattle
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